I have been a safety professional for over 20 years and I love talking about the back brace argument. Why? Because after 20 years, I’m still on the fence. Are back braces really effective for lower back support?
This is a controversial subject and with good reason.
What is the Argument?
- Do back braces work?
- Should you require the use of back braces for lower back support?
- Do back braces work?
- Should you require the use of back braces?
- Should you pay for them if they are requested?
- Should you allow your employees to wear their own back brace?
- People believe they provide added lower back support.
- They remind you to lift correctly.
- They aren’t worn correctly.
- Reduce blood flow to the back muscles increasing susceptibility to injury.
- Employees think they are invincible and lift more than they are able to.
- Mask injury through compression.
Now, my college degree was a scientific one so I love quality research and don’t accept research on
So what does that mean for your workplace?
Whatever you do, make sure to educate and reeducate your
Check out the podcast to hear more about the pros and cons of using back braces. Bonus: You’ll also learn what the back brace argument has to do with ankle research!
Consider how you currently use (or don’t use) back braces in your facility. Are you tracking each person that’s wearing one? If not, will you implement an initiative to track back brace use and it’s effectiveness in preventing injury?
Highlights From This Episode:
- Proper use of a back brace.
- Policy change requires caution.
- Boots vs. tennis shoes.
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NOW IT’S YOUR TURN
I would love to hear your take on this subject. Do you require back braces? Do you pay for them? Continue this conversation by leaving a comment below.
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Hi, I'm Brye (rhymes with sky)! I am a self-proclaimed safety geek with two decades of general industry safety experience. Specializing in bringing safety programs to a world-class level and building a safety culture, I have trained and coached many safety managers, just like you, on how to effectively manage workplace safety in the real world. I would love to help you too.